Friday, June 26, 2009

Anti-Gravity Sores

Posted by Justin Snow on Anti-Gravity Bunny

The Golden Sores - A Peaceable Kingdom (Bloodlust, 2009)

Alright guys. This is it. The one you've been waiting for. The drone record to come from some new band you've never heard of and completely kick every other drone record's ass. And where did they come from? Chicago. Duh.

By now, everyone has become supersaturated with drone. It seems like every kid these days is mashing the keys on their thrift store synth and burning it onto a CD-R in about as much time as it takes me to eat my morning bowl of Kashi's Honey Sunshine. But The Golden Sores know the virtue of patience and quality. This is their second record (the first, Ashdod To Ekron, I reviewed on diskant and is available as a free download) and sweet Jesus they've already made their masterpiece. I mean, Ashdod was amazing and all, but where the hell are they gonna go after A Peaceable Kingdom? I can't really imagine them making anything better.

The drone on Kingdom is made of the kind of heavenly tones that are essentially instrumentless. It could be coming from a guitar or a synthesizer (and, in fact, comes from both) but you'd never know and it doesn't even fucking matter. It's the kind of unwavering/wavering blissful static that keeps you turning up the volume every 2 or 3 minutes as your ears adjust, gently demolishing your eardrums.

I can't heap enough praise upon The Golden Sores and what they're doing for the drone community. Not only are they showing all the impostors how it's fucking done but they're giving us euphoria seeking music obsessors some of the highest quality shit out there. This record is so good the Sores could break up right now and it would hardly even matter.

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PRE-ORDERS: B!127 Locrian "Drenched Lands" LP

BloodLust! New Release:
- Shipping begins on Wednesday July 15, 2009
- Paid orders are now being accepted

Artist: Locrian
Title: "Drenched Lands"
Format: LP (clear vinyl) + 3-inch CD in letter-pressed sleeve
Edition Size: 200 Copies
Catalog Number: BloodLust! 127
Genre: Drone / Experimental / Noise / Black Metal

B!127 Locrian "Drenched Lands" LP (Front Cover Scan)
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BloodLust! is extremely pleased to release the deluxe vinyl edition of “Drenched Lands,” the new Locrian album, which is the band’s first studio-recorded full-length. “Drenched Lands” finds Locrian effortlessly synthesizing music styles, all the while shrugging off easy genre descriptions, as they create an album that combines drone, black metal, and noise elements to portray qualities of beauty, sadness, radiance, and horror. Following the already acclaimed compact disc version that was recently co-released by At War With False Noise (Scotland) and Small Doses (USA), BloodLust! and Locrian worked closely together to conceive this handsome new record. Pressed in an edition of only 200 copies in clear vinyl, this record is housed in a handsome letter-pressed two-fold sleeve, printed at Chicago’s Dexterity Press. The inner flap of the sleeve holds a bonus 3-inch compact disc that contains music that will remain exclusive to this edition. LP recording and mixing were completed by Steve Beyerink at Phantom Manor, Chicago, while mastering and cutting duties were executed by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service. The 3-inch CD was recorded by Philip von Zweck in January 2009, at WLUW 88.7 FM, on the Something Else broadcast, and it was mastered by Jason Soliday at Enemy, Chicago. For this live radio session, Locrian were joined by Andrew Sherer (Velnias) and Mark Solotroff (BLOODYMINDED, Anatomy of Habit).

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LP Tracklisting:
A1: "Obsolete Elegy in Effluvia and Dross" (2:09)
A2: "Ghost Repeater" (10:36)
A3: "Barren Temple Obscured by Contaminated Fogs" (6:11)
B1: "Epicedium" (8:30)
B2: "Obsolete Elegy in Cast Concrete" (6:50)

CD Tracklisting:
1. “Sullage” (18:43)

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Praise for the “Drenched Lands” compact disc:

“[T]his is exactly what we've been hankering for. A sprawling blackened songsuite, equal parts, dark ambience, dense drones, heavy electronics, buzzy lo-fi almost new wave sounding keyboards, spidery post rock guitars and soft noise…Locrian take that sound someplace all their own…” -- Aquarius Records

“Locrian forgoes spitting on the baseboards for something a little more cogitative. Drenched Lands moves vertically, avoiding the aberrant inclinations that can come out of too much feedback and not enough melodic foresight…It’s something far more cohesive than the post-processed minimalism that’s becoming increasingly customary…The record’s ultimately absorbing and Locrian is able to effectively evaluate new boundaries for the genre, doing so without staring at their own shoes.” -- Alan Jones, Bagatellen

“At the tipping point between wintery post rock and treachery-fuelled drone is where Drenched Lands does its best work…[A]fter being dragged through the depths of this album, everyday life ends up looking like a lavatory full of fool’s gold. The sun won’t come up tomorrow.” -- Scott McKeating, Rock-a-Rolla

“Almost disturbingly prolific…Drenched Lands, for all its metal look and presentation, is one of the more subtle releases I have yet to hear.” -- Creaig Dunton, Brainwashed

“Someone once wrote of Nadja that they were like doom-metals’ awkward, poetry writing cousin. The same too is true of Locrian only they are clearly more influenced by Aleister Crowley and have a penchant for flirting with the occult, given the blackened vocals, darker electronics and harrowing atmospheres within their loop driven gloom… The variety in this album is excellent especially given that it is mainly guitar/synth drone which can, without innovation be a limiting genre… Drenched Lands’ is an interesting record in many ways…given the chance - it will engross you in a sea of awesome drones and harrowing blackness. -- Chris Naughton, Gradations of Morbidity

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T-Shirt Evidence - June

Fecalove - Live at Lunatic Scope 13 - Flying Teapot - Tokyo - June 13, 2009

Photo courtesy of Fecalove:
http://www.myspace.com/fecalove

Fecalove - Live in Japan (BLOODYMINDED "Flea" T-shirt)
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Joshua Hydeman - Live in Philadelphia - June 2009

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Canady:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/malsonus/

Joshua Hydeman - Live in Philadelphia - June 2009
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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Icons, Both

Locrian's Test Scores

Andre and Terence from Locrian stopped by yesterday evening to listen to the test pressing for the "Drenched Lands" LP. Although we had a few concerns that were, thankfully, 100% due to my hosed-up tone-arm, upon further review on another turntable, we are all in agreement that the record is quite frankly, amazing sounding! It really has its own sound, when compared to the CD version, due to the LP-specific cutting done by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering. The vinyl should be in-house in two weeks, so we hope to still be on track for the record release show/Locrian tour finale at The Empty Bottle on July 13th.

Kriminaaliset Metsänhaltijat "Anarkkia, Kaaos, Maailmanloppu!"

BloodLust! New Release

Shipping: Wednesday July 15, 2009
Paid orders are now being accepted

Artist: Kriminaaliset Metsänhaltijat
Title: "Anarkkia, Kaaos, Maailmanloppu!"
Format: CD EP in jewel box
Catalog Number: BloodLust! 129
Genre: Industrial / Noise / Power-Electronics

B!129 Kriminaaliset Metsänhaltijat "Anarkkia, Kaaos, Maailmanloppu!" CD EP
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BloodLust! is pleased to present a newly re-designed version of "Anarkkia, Kaaos, Maailmanloppu!" -- an extremely scarce recording by the cult industrial noise group, Kriminaaliset Metsänhaltijat -- which barely saw the light of day when it was originally released in a preposterously limited edition of only 30 cassettes, in 2008, by Triangle Records, which was then based in Russia. I was so captivated by the first raw and visceral recordings that I heard by them that I immediately requested to hear more of their music, and casual contact between the band and BloodLust! quickly escalated into discussions about both archival and future releases. The members of this shadow group of old-school industrial acolytes originally hails from Finland and from Karelia -- a region and an autonomous republic of northwest Russia, between the Gulf of Finland and the White Sea. To paraphrase some of the band's own dogmatic yet oblique statements and manifestos, Kriminaaliset Metsänhaltijat quite accurately claim to have built their sound on the bones of such groups as S.P.K. and Throbbing Gristle, through a prism of Japanese harsh-noise and Finnish hardcore-punk, spewing out a nihilistic nightmare of diffused synth hiss, commanding metal percussion, waves of harsh-noise, anarcho-punk attitude, and dissident power-electronics. This exciting and satisfying EP should act as an excellent introduction for those who are unfamiliar with this band, and in the coming months, BloodLust! will be releasing an all-new compact disc titled "Koskemattomuus." These are professionally duplicated CDs, with single panel, double-sided inserts featuring color artwork; in jewel boxes with shrinkwrap.

Personnel:
KM1 - tape, vinyl, percussion, synth, guitar, vox, field recordings
KM2 - percussion, feedback, synth, drum machine, tape, vox & lyrics
KM3 - percussion, guitar

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Tracklisting:
1. "Maailmanloppu" (3:17)
2. "Kaaos" (4:24)
3. "Maitosuu" (7:03)
4. "Anarkkia" (5:05)
5. "Uskonnonvastainen Enkeli" (4:25)
6. "Vihan Mustat Enkelit" (4:35)
(Total running time: 28:52)

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

30 Century Man and Crowd Pleaser

I had meant to post something last week after I watched the new Scott Walker documentary, "30 Century Man." I really enjoyed the DVD, overall, but it was particularly interesting to have some visual insight (after reading a lot of things) into the recording process of "The Drift." That album, along with "Tilt" and the "Pola X" soundtrack have been in ongoing rotation for me, as well as in my "thought" rotation, so it was nice to know more about those three works, let alone his more "lost" era, his four well-known solo albums, and even The Walker Brothers era. Unlike so many "quick-Buck" music documentaries out there, it was essential that the filmmakers had Scott Walker's involvement, and his candid discussions really sealed the deal for me --- yet really none of the oh-so-important mystery about him was dispelled.

30th-century-man-postcardfront.jpg image by The_Playlist

I just received the new Consumer Electronics "Crowd Pleaser" LP in the mail and even after the first few spins, I can objectively say that I am blown away by it. It is such a vital distillation of the type of rapid-fire, venomous vocal work of Philip's that I enjoy, combined with a raw and disorienting electronic sound that is maybe less-obviously-digital, compared to what I might have expected, particularly after playing the two live shows with him last summer [maybe "seeing" a laptop made me a "hear" a laptop?]. I also appreciate that the intensity of the performance, along with the succinctness of the album, never allows for even a slight lapse of attention. The production values are really excellent, and they are only enhanced by the audiphile-quality vinyl pressing. Highly recommended!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Recent Rotation - 6/23

Josh Hydeman "Chiaroscuro" (Entropic Tarot)
Sonic Youth "The Eternal" (Matador)
Mammal "Incinerator II" cassette (Gaping Hole)
Blacklist "Midnight of the Century" (Wierd Records)
Kriminaaliset Metsänhaltijat (various CDs and cassettes)
Luasa Raelon (untitled/pre-release CD)
+
The Fortieth Day + Sshe Retina Stimulants pre-release CD (obsessive listening re: track flow, mastering, etc.)
+
Nightmares (various tracks in-progress)

Sword Heaven / Matchitehew / Acid Marshmallow

sword heaven at matchitehew assembly (chicago) june 5th, 2009 from acid marshmallow on Vimeo.



Acid Marshmallow video blog link:
http://www.acidmarshmallow.com/2009/06/sword-heaven.html

Locrian / Matchitehew / Acid Marshmallow

locrian at matchitehew assembly (chicago) june 6th, 2009 from acid marshmallow on Vimeo.



Acid Marshmallow video blog link:
http://www.acidmarshmallow.com/2009/06/locrian.html

Sleep Museum at Wierd 6/24

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Fortieth Day + Sshe Retina Stimulants on CD

With the "Syria: 638 AD" CD" about to arrive, we are hard at work creating a new master for the upcoming CD version (B!130) of the The Fortieth Day + Sshe Retina Stimulants collaboration. The CD will differ from the cassette version (B!075, Edition of 50, January 2007) in that a different live recording will be featured for the primary 30-minute track -- the radio broadcast version, not the in-studio MiniDisc recording -- making for a crisper, cleaner (yet still dense and heavy) sound that seems to better suit the CD format. Also, two additional short tracks, prepared by NG5361 from his post-processing sessions, but which were left off of the cassette due to time constraints, will be included on the CD. We are anticipating an August release for this CD...

BloodLust! Presents Weblog

I started a dedicated weblog simply to serve as a calendar for BloodLust! related events in Chicago. I plan to keep it simple and I will include poster images, as well as links to related threads on the Troniks/Chondritic Sound message board, as well as related pages on Last.fm

http://bloodlustpresents.blogspot.com/